HEART attacks can strike anywhere, anytime.
The good news is the state government has begunplacing automated external defibrillators (AED), a device used to treat sudden cardiac arrest, in popular public places.
A fourth such device is now available at the Sungai Nibong Express Bus Terminal under the Penang Heart Safe programme.
The state had earlier installed AED units at Level 3, Komtar, the MPSP headquarters in Bandar Perda, Bukit Mertajam, and Penang City Park (formerly known as Municipal Park).
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, in his speech, said it has become common for youngsters nowadays to suffer heart attacks.
“Nowadays, there are cases where youngsters in their 20s or 30s are suffering from heart attacks.
“We have never heard of this 10 or 20 years ago.
“If this device could save even one life, then it is considered a sound investment,” he saidduring the launch at theterminal on Monday.
An AED is a portable device that checks the heart’s rhythm. It can be used to send electric shocks to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm.
Anyone who has minimal CPR and AED training can use the device to help save a life.
It has video instructions on the kiosk screen and an eight-step instruction in diagrams on the unit to show users how to stick the electrode-sensor pads on the chest of someone having a cardiac arrest.
Through the pads, the AED’s computer will analyse the patient’s heart rhythm andissue an electric shock if needed.
Lim said the state spent RM41,430 on five AEDs while Zoll Medical Corporationcontributed another five for the initial phase.
“In advanced countries, these devices are placed at busstations, LRT stations, community centres, sports and shopping complexes.
“This device will surelybenefit the public,” he said.